African governments to challenge ban on ivory trade

By Mhlomuli Ncube

AFRICAN countries that were represented at the African elephant Summit in Hwange have taken a position to challenge the ban on ivory trade at the CITES meeting set for Panama later this year.

The curtain has come down on the African Elephant Summit, with a communique issued by ministers making it clear that the ban on ivory trade is unjust.

As a result, Africa has been urged to speak with one voice come the October CITES meeting in Panama.

We want to make sure that as Africa we go with one voice,” said Honourable Mangaliso Ndlovu, the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry.

Just like other countries, Botswana is handling human wildlife conflict cases on a daily basis.

“The hunting will generate revenue that generates the Conservation Trust Fund and then we avail this money to communities to compensate them,” said Honourable Philda Kereng, Botswana Minister of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism.

The position taken at the African Elephants Summit resonates with African leaders’ stance that the continent must take charge of its wildlife and reject unjust decisions by nations with no such endowments.